Princeton Airport News – December 2019

As 2019 is coming to an end, we hope you and your family had an enjoyable Thanksgiving and you are looking forward to the remaining holidays.
For a variety reasons, this has been a productive year at 39N.  There have been many new faces joining our aviation community, and we welcome you.  We are here to help you achieve your dreams, as smoothly as possible.
Lastly, our annual Santa Fly-In on Christmas Eve, is a winner.  Whether you have children of the age believing in Santa, this is perfect.  If not, it’s still and great community event where everyone is a winner.  Come join us.  And please, be generous with gifts for the Needy.
All the best from the Nierenbergs.


Layla Guarding Santa's Gifts
Layle, Santa’s sidekick, stand guard over the chimneys for Santa (your child(ren) & the Needy.  Bring in your gifts!
 It was 44 years ago, when we were based at 47N, the idea of Santa flying in for the children seemed to be a good idea.  We had a volunteer for Santa and so began this tradition.  So a Santa suit was purchased and Santa arrived safely.  No gifts, just Santa.
As time passed, we added that Santa would bring in wrapped gifts (parents brought ahead of time) and distribute then. Soon we added the requirement of something for the needy, and ever since, this event has grown and gets better every years as we continue to improve the event.  Off course, in ’85 we brought the tradition to 39N.
You can:
Donate to the needy – clothes, books, games, toys.
Donate:  Food for the NeedyHelp on the 24th of December, when we gather in the hangar for Santa to fly in.  We need help setting up, serving cookies and cocoa, monitoring to make sure everyone stays safe and off airplanes, etc.  We need help with crowd control, and making sure that no one charges as Santa arrives.Tell the flight coordinator that you’ll be there or do it through the Pilots Club website:  www,


December   2019
16th:  Deadline to bring gifts for the needy &  Santa
21st:  1st day of Winter
22nd:  Chanukah begins at sundown
24th:  Santa Fly-In
25th:  Christmas – closed
26th:  1st day of Kwanzaa
31st:  New Year’s Eve

October 2019 Achievements
1st Solos:
Sandro LaRocca/Elijah Johnson, CFI
Vaibhav Patel (yes, one of our great counter guys)/David DiLauro, CFII
Darhil Dharia/Sal Parsi, CFI
Sean Richmond/Saad Sheik, CFI
Private Pilot:
Irwin Lee/David DiLauro, CFII
Instrument Pilot:
 Rani Chouha/Jeff Slutsky, CFII
Commercial Multi-engine Add-on:
Saad Sheik (you bet, our own Saad-the-CFI)/Jeff Slutsky, MEI
Certified Flight Iinstructor Class Forming
If you are thinking about becoming a CFI -and you should – we are forming another CFI ground school.  Ground school consists of 12 classes covering all the material in the current PTS.  If you are interested contact us for more details.  Last winter’s class was a success, and we hope to continue the tradition.  The class will be taught (mainly) by our Chief Pilot, Jeff Slutsky.
AIRPLANE FOR SALE – Great holiday gift for you & your family.
1978 Cessna 172 739NT ~
1250 SMOH
Audio Panel SL 30 Nav-com
Fresh Annual Complete Logs Avionics Needs Work
 Asking $59,900
Contact Ken Nierenberg at 609-731-4628 for details
Also, in case we have snow – and you are planning to fly, please contact Steve for help to get your airplane airborne.  If you are not flying, we will get to your airplane as we continue snow removal, unless you need it sooner. Thanks.
From The Right Seat
Peter Rafle, Chief Pilot 
     And suddenly it’s December! I hope that during the past eleven months, you have spent many good hours flying. December is not normally a month that gives us an opportunity to add logbook entries.
     And, the next four months have more than their share of low ceilings, wind, snow, and cold. The winter cold that discourages engines from starting, and pilots from going to the airport, “Just to see what the conditions are.”
     Airplanes are designed and built to handle a wide range of temperature, reasonable pilot abuse, and turbulence. In my experience, parts of the airplane, that are durable the rest of the year, are prone to fail when the temperature dives below freezing. “O” rings and other rubber parts, for example, that stay flexible until winter can just give it all up at the most inopportune time on a briskly cold day in January.
     Having had airplanes hitched to tie down spots, and others in hangars, I can certify that I preferred keeping the airplane covered by a roof those too many days when I didn’t fly. Inspecting the airplane while protected from the cold winter wind proved the value of that hangar.
     There are those of us who like to fly in the winter. I go to the airport in winter intending to fly. The air is drier and denser, so the engine produces more power. An old pilot once told me to watch my manifold pressure in cold weather and limit it to 30 in or less to protect the engine from a possible over boost.


Attention Base Customers
Coming Soon
You will shortly receive and email regarding banking information.  This should make your billing easier and more efficient.  If you have any questions, please call Ken Nierenberg.
Have you heard? We have a podcast dedicated to the aviation community
here at Princeton Airport!
Listen to the Princeton Flying School Podcast on our website through the links below. You can also find us on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, “and wherever you listen to podcasts”.
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To be determined
8:00 am – noon

Walk-ins ’til 11:30
For appointments:  609-921-3100

1st, 2nd & 3rd Class medicals.

You must bring the confirmation number with you when you come for your medical appointment.
No walk-in without a confirmation number.

NEWS from the
Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah , Happy Kzanzaa & the best for the New Year.
Please help volunteer at the Santa Fly-In.  We need eyes, ears and hands to make sure this event is safe and fun.
Our next meeting will be in January.  Next month will have more information.  Please consider joining us for the New Year.
PAFT Mini-FlyIns:
Year to Date Totals for the Fly-Ins:  (Join us)
Airport                                       15
Trips                                           77
Planes                                      200
Planes/Trip                                  2.6
Plane Miles Flown               26740
Total Hours                              272
        Fuel Consumed                    3531
If you’re interested in these fly-in, please contact Ben <>
Exclusive Leaseback Opportunity
     This is a rare chance to own a popular plane at the Princeton Flying School.  If you would like to own one of our DA40s, , N660PS, as a leaseback, it can save you a highly significant amount over over private ownership.
     Savings, if kept on leaseback would include: no sales tax required ($18k) and no tie down fee ($2k),.  Revenues could cover at least part of insurance, annuals, database updates, 100 hrs and other maintenance.  The plane has generated enough revenue to cover all expenses and earn a profit as well for each of the last 3 years it has been here.  Although there is no guarantee that will continue.  It is rare in aviation for an opportunity to be offered to buy into an existing profitable leaseback.  the plane is offered at a small premium over Vref due to this unique situation.  If you would like to be part of our active flight school, and significantly lower your cost of operating a safe, modern G1000 equipped airplane, talk to Ken about details.  Offer at $225,00.
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